Currently, the redistricting plan has Mason County split into two districts. At this time, Mason County shares the 14th District with Putnam County. Mason County also is part of the 13th District, which is shared with Putnam and Jackson Counties.
While Mason County does make up the majority of the 14th District, commissioners said that they were disappointed that the redistricting process did not enable the county to have their own separate district. During Thursday’s commission meeting, plans to adjust the redistricting decision were discussed. On Friday, commissioners made calls to House Speaker Rick Thompson, Delegate Troy Andes (14th District) and Putnam County officials. Messages also were left for Delegate Brady Paxton (13th District). According to Commissioner Rick Handley, the commission’s current redistricting plan involves switching around precincts in order to give Mason County one all encompassing district.
“Right now there are three Putnam County precincts that are part of the 14th District. We proposed they take one (precinct) and give it to Troy Andes’ district. We would like to see the other two given to Brady Paxton and in turn, give three of his precincts to the 14th District,” Handley said. “With this, the 14th District would be just Mason County — that would be what we’ve wanted since the beginning.”
According to Handley, the commission has already spoken with Jo Vaugh, redistricting coordinator, regarding the plan.
“We talked to Jo just to see if our numbers work out and according to her, they do,” he said.
In other business:
• Commissioners recognized the 2011 Mason County Fair Queen, Jordan Cullen, and her court.
• County Administrator John Gerlach reported that there are leaks in the fairgrounds main building’s roof. According to Gerlach, a company examined the roof on Thursday to see what could be done to fix it. Gerlach said that due to expense, other repair alternatives are being looked at.
• Gerlach reported that the Mason County Animal Shelter is planning to try for another Claflin Foundation Grant this year.
• An engineer recently spoke with the commission regarding possible uses of the hardware building, which was recently purchase by the county.
• September meetings were scheduled for Sept. 8 and 29.
The next meeting will be 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.